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If abjection is a 'recognition of [...] want', and we 'elaborate that want [...] by saying', (12) then Amelia's reclamation of her voice (as facilitated by the Babadook) is her nascent rebellion against New Momism and its ilk.
This research interrogates how anti-feminist feminism and the new momism factor into women's depictions on SoA, arguing that the series employs sexism in nuanced ways.
Mama s Boy: Momism and Homophobia in Postwar American Culture.
The Cold War produced a particularly rich body of writing concerned with the feminizing forces of communism, bureaucracy, consumerism, Momism, and other large, systemic threats, as Timothy Melley, James Gilbert, and Michael Davidson have argued; but the tendency is far older than that.
Gender essentialism and the 'New Momism' of the twenty-first century
A pleasant surprise, mostly because it was so funny, was "The New Momism" by Susan J.
Wylie coined the term "momism" in reference to the corruption and overprotection on the part of mothers over their children, especially sons, thereby stunting their possibilities of developing into healthy, masculine men (Terry 1999: 316).
Of particular relevance to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is Erikson's chapter in his landmark work Childhood and Society (1950) regarding the American character, where he views the challenge post-World War II adolescents face to achieve an identity that embraces democracy without yielding to conformity, that resists the twin modern dangers of what he calls "Momism" and "bossism." Erikson distinguishes middle-class American families from the patriarchal European ones that spawned Freud's Oedipal theory; on this side of the Atlantic the dominant force in the household is not Pop, whose role is merely that of provider, but an archetypal "Mom." Mom's job is to facilitate, to make sure that individual behavior is brought into line with the requirements of the family unit as a whole.
(40) And new "momism" dictates that in order to succeed at motherhood a mother must dedicate her entire life to taking care of her children, placing the bar for mothers so high that it cannot be reached.
As Phillip Wylie's A Generation of Vipers (1955) makes clear, the post-war return to an emphatically domestic space brought with it the perfidious force of 'momism', the situation in which the mother defines herself solely by her role as child-rearer.
Many contemporary texts (Hays, 1996; Douglas & Michaels, 2004; and Warner, 2005) explore the creation of concepts such as, "the new momism" and "intensive mothering," in efforts to understand how these models evolve and influence parenting.
In his Afterword to Savage Holiday, Gerald Early reminds us that the 1950s would become the era of Momism, and the pathology marks Richard Wright's 1954 novel as dramatically as it imprints Petry's 1947 work.
(Straight critics blame this on American "momism." Gay ones, like D.
Michaels, takes a stab at it by suggesting that the old "feminine mystique" has morphed into a "new momism," a perfectionist ideal of motherhood that torments women with standards no mortal can meet.
In fact, women should not be pigeonholed by the "new momism," a trend in American culture that causes women to feel that only through the perfection of motherhood can they find true contentment.
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